Fredrik Ekblom heads the TTA – Racing Elite League points with a healthy lead ahead of this weekend’s penultimate race of the season at Tierp Arena, but the Volvo driver is not taking anything for granted.
“I am not looking at the points yet, we are going for full attack at Tierp just as in the races before,” said Ekblom.
The two-time Swedish champion remembers the STCC 2000 finale when he headed the championship on an even larger margin than now but still lost the title to Tommy Rustad.
“I still remember the 2000 finale very clearly when we had a huge margin, but I got a puncture in the final race and it was all over. I have been in this for a long time and I know that nothing is won until the final race,” said Ekblom.
12 years has passed since then and Ekblom has switched his Super Touring Audi A4 to a TTA Volvo S60, heading this year’s championship on 120 points ahead of Saab driver Linus Ohlsson on 82 and team mate Thed Björk on 81.
“It looks really good on paper, but my focus is on doing a great weekend. Nothing has changed from the previous races, I am going for the win,” said Ekblom.
In order for Ohlsson or Björk to keep the title battle alive until the TTA finale at Gothenburg City Arena in two weeks, Ohlsson need to gain nine points on Ekblom and Björk ten points.
But before Gothenburg, Ekblom and his rivals heads to the all-new Tierp Arena this weekend and the Volvo driver is looking forward to learning the new track.
“For sure! I have no problems in learning new tracks, you can’t have that if you are going to be a full-time racing driver. You have to be able to learn the track really quick. I have studied the layout and we are going to study it further as we arrive to the track. The track looks exciting and good, I am looking forward to take it on,” said Ekblom.